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Anime News 14th September 2013

Day 2,126, 08:20 Published in Japan Japan by Aister Pendragon

In this issue:

- Kyoto Animation Updates Plans on New "Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai" and "Tamako Market" Anime
- Kalafina, Eir Aoi, and Others Perform at Anime Festival Asia Indonesia 2013
- Apology Hidden in "Madoka Magica" Art
- Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2's 7 Minutes Streamed
- Monogatari 2nd Season's Otorimonogatari Promo Streamed

Kyoto Animation Updates Plans on New "Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai" and "Tamako Market" Anime

Kyoto Animation is certainly keeping busy these days. After Free! this season and Kyoukai no Kanata
next season, this weekend's debut of the Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! The Movie - Rikka Takanashi Revision movie was coupled with the news that the previously announced second season is slated for winter.

The movie will retells the story of the fall 2012 anime from the perspective of female lead Rikka, with about a third comprised of new material, some of which will bridge the story to the second season.

Beyond that, KyoAni announced a new follow-up to the winter 2013 anime Tamako Market. What's planned and when to expect it haven't been announced.


Kalafina, Eir Aoi, and Others Perform at Anime Festival Asia Indonesia 2013

Japanese anime and manga convention Anime Festival Asia Indonesia 2013, or AFAID, was held at the Jakarta Convention Center from Friday, September 6th to Sunday, September 8th.

Designed as a way to bring Japanese pop culture to southeast Asia, the first AFA was held in Singapore in 2008. The convention was expanded in 2012 to include events in Kuala Lumpur, Mayaysia, and Jakarta, Indonesia. This year marked the second annual AFAID.

The main hall hosted live performances on the 6th and 7th, with Eir Aoi, Aya Hirano, and May’n performing on the 6th, and fripSide, BABYMETAL,, and Kalafina appearing on the 7th. Both performances drew huge and enthusiastic crowds.

There was a huge turnout for the signing event the afternoon before the live performances. It was also revealed that Eir Aoi will be performing at AFA 13 in Singapore this November.


Apology Hidden in "Madoka Magica" Art

If any anime fan to going to spot, or possibly invent, clues in promo, its going to be the Madoka Magica maniacs. In a new poster, they spied what they think is the text "ゴメンナサイ" or "I'm sorry" on Kyoko's sleeve.

A closer look at the text:


Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2's 7 Minutes Streamed

The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled anime series began streaming seven minutes of action scenes from the second volume on Saturday. The second installment in the series opened in Japanese theaters on the same day.

Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (Bōkoku no Akito) follows a side story set in the early summer of Revolution Year 228, around the same time that Lelouch takes on his "Zero" identity and starts to build his “Black Knights” rebellion army. This anime focuses on the invasion of the Euro Universe (E.U.) by the Holy Britannian Empire and special division “Wyvern” Knightmare corps. These corps are comprised entirely of Japanese teenagers and commanded by Layla Malkal (Maaya Sakamoto), a former Britannian Aristocrat. The story follows Akito Hyuuga (Miyu Irino) as he and the rest of the Wyvern corps are plunged into the battlefield with a 5% chance of survival.

New cast members include Fumihiko Tachiki as Michael Augustus, Taketora as Godfroa do Villon, Hikaru Miyata as Raymond San Jiru, Takuma Terashima as Ashley Ashura, Mamiko Noto as Maria Shing, Takahiro Sakurai as Suzaku Kururugi, and many more.

Kazuki Akane (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Vision of Escaflowne) directed and wrote the screenplay with Miya Asakawa (Turn A Gundam, Polar Bear's Café). As in the previous two television series, Takahiro Kimura adapted Clamp's original character designs for animation. Akira Yasuda returned to design the mechanical Knightmare units with a soundtrack by Ichiko Hashimoto (RahXephon). The anime studio Sunrise, the previous Code Geass director Goro Taniguchi, and the previous series script supervisor Ichiro Okouchi are credited with the original story.

The second volume was delayed until Saturday, after it was already delayed from spring to summer. Funimation announced at Otakon last month that it licensed the series for North America.

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Monogatari 2nd Season's Otorimonogatari Promo Streamed

The official website for the Monogatari Series Second Season anime began streaming the short version of the first promotional video for the anime of NisiOisin's Otorimonogatari novel on Sunday. The video features Marina Kawano's new ending theme song "Sono Koe o Oboeteru" (Remembering That Voice).

The promotional video is narrated by voice actress Kana Hanazawa as her character Nadeko Sengoku, a 14-year-old girl (born on June 3) who was cursed by a snake. She reels off her favorite things: her favorite food is hamburger, her favorite manga is from the '80s, and her favorite niichan (big brother figure) is Koyomi.

The Otorimonogatari anime will premiere on September 21.

Tomoyuki Itamura is directing Otorimonogatari, while Akiyuki Shinbo is acting as chief director and series script supervisor along with Fuyashi Tou. Akio Watanabe is designing the characters based on VOFAN's original novel illustrations. Watanabe, Nobuhiro Sugiyama, and Taisuke Iwasaki are also serving as chief animation directors at SHAFT. Satoru Kousaki is handling the music. The cast remains unchanged from Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari.

The "second season" arc of the Monogatari series is covering the material from five volumes of the original light novel series in two cours or half a year.

The series premiered in Japan last month, and Daisuki and Crunchyroll are streaming the series outside of Japan. Aniplex of America announced in June that it has acquired the rights to both Nekomonogatari (Black) and Monogatari Series Second Season.

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